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Definition of Extinguish


  1. To quench; to put out, as a light or fire; to stifle; to cause to die out; to put an end to; to destroy; as, to extinguish a flame, or life, or love, or hope, a pretense or a right.
  2. To obscure; to eclipse, as by superior splendor.

Extinguish Quotations

In some sort of crude sense, which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.
J. Robert Oppenheimer

It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.
Thomas Jefferson

Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again.
Francis Bacon

Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.
Alexander Hamilton

You don't extinguish fire by adding more fire, you need water.
Pope Shenouda III
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Extinguish Translations

extinguish in Afrikaans is doodmaak, blus
extinguish in Danish is udslukke
extinguish in Dutch is doven, blussen, uitdoen, uitblussen
extinguish in Finnish is sammuttaa
extinguish in Italian is cancellare, estinguere, spengere
extinguish in Norwegian is utrydde, slokke
extinguish in Portuguese is extinga
extinguish in Spanish is apagar, extinguir
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